Dr. Patricia Seemann has more than 15 years of experience as an adviser of leading executives of multinational organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe. She provides counsel on those issues that CEOs often find most intractable: people (in particular, the executive team), organizational culture, reputation and relations with Boards of Directors. With in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical and financial services industries, Dr. Seemann has served as an adviser to CEOs and Senior Executives of large multinational corporations on all soft aspects of organizations, such as talent, culture, brand, governance, etc.
Since 2008 Dr. Seemann has been the key adviser to the CEO of Swiss Re. Dr. Seemann also has experience as a Senior Executive herself. From 1997 to 2000, she was the key strategic adviser to the Chairman and CEO of Zurich Financial Services. She joined the Group Management Board from 2000 to 2002 and was responsible for the organization’s global Group Communications. Prior to joining Zurich Financial, Dr. Seemann advised executives on intellectual capital issues as the founder of Group 21, a successful consulting firm. She also was a Principal and head of Knowledge Management with Ernst & Young.
Dr. Seemann holds a doctoral degree in medicine from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She pursued four years of training in orthopedic surgery at the State Hospital, St. Gallen, Switzerland, and in biomechanics research at the Laboratory for Experimental Surgery in Davos, Switzerland. Dr. Seemann is the co-author of Social Capital: Securing Competitive Advantage in the New Economy (2001) and a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of corporate governance, value creation and intangible assets, as well as on power, trust and the effective CEO. She holds Canadian citizenship, resides in Switzerland and is fluent in English, German, Swiss German and French.